Location: Scituate, MA
Note all of my calm/mindful/zen posts all feature water images? I didn’t realize that until just now! I’ve always said being near/on water is my happy place, but clearly that’s subconscious too!
Sometimes when I hear people talk about all of their health routines, beauty routines, eating routines, workout routines, work routines, my mind is blown. As a usually successful multi-tasker myself, I still wonder, how do you have time to do all of that?! Sometimes I’m too tired to make tea before bed, lol.
Anyway, The past two weeks have been pretty hectic for me – mostly good things! – but I felt myself fading all too quickly. I’m ordinarily one to prioritize self care, but there literally just wasn’t enough time in the day, some days. It got me thinking about the easiest, most basic habits I was neglecting and then actively re-implementing them. I thought it’d be helpful to share, because once I re-focused on the following three things, my overwhelming days became a little more conquerable.
Everyone talks about how important water is for your life. If you’re even a little bit thirsty, you’re a little dehydrated. I try to drink a minimum of 80-ounces of water a day, which may sound like a lot but really isn’t. I notice when I’m more hydrated I look more awake, my skin is better, I have more energy and am less sleepy, and my appetite is regulated.
Some tips: Drink one to two glasses in the morning before work and before coffee. Keep a refillable water bottle at your desk and challenge yourself to need to refill it every hour and a half or so. Water with dinner, and at least a bottle or two during/after exercise.
Whether or not you wear a FitBit and/or track your steps, you should be up and about! I am not one to track any movement I do, but I go for laps every so often during the workday. The security guards make jokes about it but you know what?? It’s better than being glued in front of a computer for seven straight hours. When you move, your blood flows. When your blood flows, only good things happen: more energy, better mobility of your body, better posture, breathing and focus.
Some tips: Don’t think of moving just as designated exercise time. Get off the subway a stop earlier and walk, if you can, or reverse that on the way home. Wake up 20 minutes earlier and lap your block, or during your lunch break, and/or before bed, do the same.
We all already know how much I value my sleep. I am the type of person who requires around eight hours to be a healthy, functioning human being. With a good night’s sleep, you’re allowing yourself to be ready for whatever your day may hold. You’ll have more energy, a clearer brain, and feel more regulated as you work through your day.
Some tips: Here was a post I wrote about what you need to create a better bedtime ritual. Even implementing just one change from the post may help you sleep more soundly!
Healthy Habits I Can Be Better At
Vitamins & Nutrients: When I have them, I take them daily. When I run out, I genuinely forget to replace them for months on end.
Less Screen Time: Between work all day, blogging, organizing the Pajama Program YPB and loving a good mindless scroll through Instagram, I spend a lot of time on screens. I’ve been trying to limit my time on screens first thing in the morning and right before bed, but I can be better.
Doctors and Prevention: I usually only go to the doctor when I have to, but this year I prioritized preventative care. I got a full-body scan at the dermatologist and actually went to the dentist twice, six months apart. I know my eye prescription thanks to Warby Parker, and my regular doctor said I’m in good health. It feels good to be on top of this, and if you have a minute, I definitely recommend it!
What are some of the ways you stay energized and healthy?